iNLP Center Training Notes: VAK Coaching
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iNLP Center Training Notes: VAK Coaching

NLP Coaching with the VAK Model

NLP training notes for VAK and rapport workshop at iNLP Center. This is an iNLP enrollee course to review the VAK model and NLP rapport building techniques.

Workshop Name

Coaching with VAK and Rapport

Who Will Attend

iNLP Center students enrolled in any iNLP Center NLP or coach training.

Purpose of this Webinar

1. To support iNLP Center students so they feel good about training with iNLP.
2. To answer questions about practitioner training modules 2-3, specifically.
3. To provided added value with additional techniques like VAK Synergy.
4. To provide NLP practitioner cheats to help students implement NLP tools.
5. To have fun and build community.

VAK and Coaching Webinar Agenda

1. Introduce NLP trainer and welcome students.
2. Audio check-in with chat responses.
3. Primer for taking questions.
4. Q&A about modules 2-3.
5. Presentation of VAK Synergy (link to iNLP Center school site article) and possible demonstration with a student.
6. VAK coaching cheats.
7. Close with a reminder to continue the conversation on Facebook.

Notes on VAK Coaching – Cheats

As an NLP practitioner or coach, how do we initiate conversations with clients? When we want to explore the client’s VAK, how do we begin? Below are some situations in which to utilize VAK as an NLP coach, with examples of how you could respond.

1. When you want to use VAK for rapport-building, use the words from the same modality as the client.


Client: I just don’t feel right about it.
Coach: Yes, so it’s important that we get in touch with what does feel right.

Client: She sounds like she doesn’t like me very much.
Coach: What do you hear her say that makes you believe she doesn’t like you?

Client: I’m not seeing any solutions.
Coach: You’re not seeing solutions, so it’s important to gain a perspective in which solutions show up.

2. When you notice a client’s modality and they are talking about compatibility or communication issues with others.

Example: I notice you tend to be a feeling-oriented person. How does (so-and-so) relate with feelings?

3. When you observe a stuck state related to any of the VAK modalities.

Example: I notice when you talk about your (stuck state) you are (having feelings, hearing something in your mind, seeing an image in your mind’s eye). What is the (picture, sound or feeling) on the inside?

What other opportunities can you think of to use the NLP VAK model?

Submodality Questions for NLP Practitioners

Woman talking to therapist, side view


Submodality Questions for NLP Practitioners

This post is a tutorial for NLP practitioners who want to learn to work with submodalities. The issue was raised by a student enrolled in the iNLP Center NLP certification training. In response, iNLP Center developed the following.

Scenario: Client is talking about a problem (stuck state) and you want to begin to elicit submodalities so that you can begin working with them.

Questions NLP practitioners can ask:

When you think of this problem (when you are in this stuck state) what do you see, hear of feel on the inside?

Do you remember that last time you experienced this problem (or this state)? (If you get a yes answer) Put yourself back into that situation as if reliving it. Now, what do you see, hear or feel on the inside when you’re in this state?

Ask: What stops you from reaching this goal? When the client responds, ask: What do you see, hear or feel on the inside right now?

If the client responds by talking about what she sees, say:

Ok, you see an image in your mind’s eye. Good. Now:

Is the image on the right, left or middle of your field of vision?
Ask the client to point to where the image is.
Is the image close up, to you, far away, or a mid-range distance? How far away in (feet, inches, meters, centimeters, etc…)
Is the image a still picture or a movie?
Is the image bright, dim or somewhere in between?
Do you see yourself in the image, or are you looking through your own eyes? (Associated/Dissociated)
Is the image life-size, larger than life-size, or smaller than life-size?

And so on…..

If the client responds by talking about what she hears, say:

Ok, you hear something in your mind. Good. Now:

Do you hear a sound like music or a noise, or a voice in your mind?
Where is the sound/voice coming from? The right? Left? In the middle of your mind?
How loud or soft is the sound/voice? Loud, low volume or somewhere in between?
What about the pitch? High pitch? Low pitch, or somewhere in between?
What kind of tone does the sound/voice have? Soft, harsh, soothing, mellow, rough, shrill or other?
How fast is the sound/voice. Fast talking, or fast beats, fast-paced – or slow-paced, or mid-range?

And so on…

If the client responds by talking about what she feels, say:

Ok, you feel something in your body. Good. Now:

Where are you feeling this? In your head, throat, chest, belly, or somewhere else?
What shape is the feeling? A square, circle, cylinder, a blob or some other shape?
What temperature is the feeling? Hot, cold or somewhere in between?
What size is the feeling? How much area does it cover?
Does the feeling move at all? Does it pulsate, swirl, oscillate or move in any way?
How deep is the feeling? Surface of skin? In the middle of your body?
Is the feeling 3-dimensional or flat? What 3-D shape is it, if 3-D?

And so on…

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